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Donna Hansel, MD, PhD

Donna E. Hansel joined the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine as Chief of Anatomic Pathology in April of 2013. Prior to that, she served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomic Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic, where she developed a strong research program in bladder cancer cell invasion.  Dr. Hansel is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology. Dr. Hansel’s laboratory research focuses on identifying high-yield, targetable pathways in advanced bladder cancer, with a strong emphasis on mTOR signaling and novel downstream targets that are involved in cell motility and invasion.  Overall, her research results have been presented nationally and internationally and have culminated in over 80 peer-reviewed publications.  In addition, Dr. Hansel has clinical expertise in bladder, prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, with a specialty in urologic pathology. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Hansel received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University and received her M.D./Ph.D degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2001.  She completed her residency and fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2006.

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